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Hormonal Imbalances
After genetics, hormonal imbalances are a primary culprit in hair loss. Excessive production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) within the hair follicle appears to accelerate hair loss. DHT is driven by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is produced in the prostate, adrenal glands or scalp. Japanese researchers also link excessive sebum production in the scalp to high levels of 5-alpha reductase. Their research indicated that animal fat intake may increase sebum production. Reducing consumption of hydrogenated and saturated fats, along with refined sugar and flour, and processed foods may be helpful to reduce hair loss.
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that saw palmetto (serenoa repens) may increase hair growth in men. Hair growth improved in men taking 400 mg of a standardized extract of saw palmetto and 100 mg of beta-sitosterol (from saw palmetto) daily. Historically, saw palmetto has been used by herbalists for hair loss in both men and women.

An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can cause thinning hair. Adding sea vegetables like kelp, nori, dulse, kombu, and wakame, all of which are rich in iodine may be helpful to balance this condition. Avoid drinking tap water since it typically contains fluorine and chlorine, two chemicals that inhibit iodine absorption. You may also want to supplement with 100 mg or 1 mL of the herb bladderwrack (focus vesiculosus) daily. Medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil and coconut milk can help reset the thyroid gland as well.

Many menopausal women often experience thicker hair with the use of natural progesterone to help balance hormones.

Nutritional Deficiencies
Be sure to eat varied, well-rounded, and regular meals that include plenty of vegetables, beans, nuts, fish, and lean poultry. Essential fatty acids from walnuts, flaxseeds, fish, and avocado are also important for healthy hair.

Biotin encourages hair and scalp health. Dietary sources of biotin include: nuts, brown rice, and oats. Iron is also essential for hair growth and can be found in blackstrap molasses, green leafy vegetables, leeks, cashews, dried fruits, figs, and berries. To help your body absorb iron, you’ll need vitamin C, which you can obtain from citrus fruits, strawberries, and red peppers.

Take a broad spectrum enzyme supplement with meals to assist digestion and absorption of nutrients.
A B-complex vitamin (50 mg, twice daily) can help reduce the effects of stress and contribute to healthy hair. Additional sublingual B12 may be needed to prevent hair loss. Take 200 to 400 mcg daily.
The minerals silica and zinc are also critical for hair growth. Take 500 mg of silica two times daily and 30 mg of zinc once daily.

Scalp Circulation
Rosemary essential oil has been traditionally used to increase circulation to the scalp. Add a few drops per dollop of shampoo or conditioner.


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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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2:09AM PST on Dec 15, 2014

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3:23PM PST on Nov 30, 2014

When I met my husband 25 years ago, he had thick dark hair. Now that he is 63, his hair has thinned out immensely. I wish I could give him some of my hair, since I have to pay to thin mine out.

12:34PM PST on Dec 26, 2013


2:33AM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

Thanks for sharing with us..These days as monsoon is On..Hair loss is often seen and normally no natural remedies work...I think hair loss treatment is best one to prevent hair loss and bring back your hairs.

12:28AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Natural treatments can really help to combat hair loss. When i experienced hair loss, i have used Natural hair regrowth supplements from and it totally grew back my hair. Anyways,Thanks for sharing this useful information.

11:51AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

I agree about using natural products. I had a big problem with shedding, plus I have naturally thin hair. I wasn't sure what to do and had tried a few shampoos. I was concerned about having a gentle shampoo too. I have been using regenepure nurishing treatment ( for about 8 months now. It gives a good clean and has helped with my shedding. I would recommend to anyone who has sensitive scalp, but needs help with hairloss.

7:23PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

The Shielo Volume Shampoo was recommended to my boyfriend by his hair stylist because his hair was falling out. He liked the product and so I thought I would try some as I have long, fine hair that is falling out by the handfuls. They had a Shielo Volume Conditioner also, so I was happy about that.

My boyfriend uses all three Shielo Volume products - the shampoo, conditioner and the Style Creme. It has helped make my hair fuller and it doesn't seem as if I am losing as much hair. The only drawback is the price but if it helps it is worth it. Also, you only need a small amount so it should last a while. Its better than buying cheaper products, cause this last longer.

5:14PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


8:29AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

I'm 69 and my hair has not turned gray and it's thick enough to be a problem. Have to keep it thinned. lol

I am grateful for my health.

Think I'll keep it.

Thank you.

7:19AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

more on the best products please

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